UN­DER­STAND TILT/SHIFT BEN­E­FITS

Learn how us­ing a per­spec­tive-con­trol lens can un­lock new op­por­tu­ni­ties for cre­ative depth of field

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

Tilt/shift op­tics, such as the nikon wide an­gle shown here, have been avail­able for many years, al­though while they have been used widely in still pho­tog­ra­phy dur­ing this time, there has been a re­cent surge in their pop­u­lar­ity as a videog­ra­pher’s tool. These lenses are able to in­tro­duce ef­fects that are im­pos­si­ble with any other type of op­tic, as they al­low the plane of fo­cus to be moved, rel­a­tive to the sen­sor plane. This means the stan­dard re­stric­tions to dof no longer ap­ply, adding a method of con­trol­ling fo­cus other than sub­ject dis­tance, f-stop and fo­cal length. use this func­tion­al­ity to tai­lor dof to the com­po­si­tion and ori­en­ta­tion of your frame, for film­ing styles cur­rently seen across video me­dia, from Tv doc­u­men­taries to big-screen pro­duc­tions.

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